The way the competition works is dead simple. For every stage of the Tour de France you’ll pick the rider who you think will win. You can’t pick the same rider twice during the Tour, so choose wisely. For example, if it’s a sprint stage and you pick Cavendish, you can’t pick him again for another sprint stage. You’ll have to pick another sprinter. Simple, right?

The winner of the competition is the person whose tips add up to the lowest cumulative GC time at the end of the Tour. There are awards for stage wins as well as a KOM and Sprinters competition that your tips go towards.

You can choose your tip each day before the stage starts, or pick them all beforehand (not recommended if you want to win!). If you miss a day and forget to tip, no problem – there are default tips that go in for you.

Every day throughout the Tour we’ll be writing stage tipping reports and previews for the next stage, and leaderboards. By default you’ll be entered in the overall CyclingTips competition, and you’ll also have to be part of a smaller pool (we’ve created the CyclingTips Default pool for those of you who haven’t coordinated anything with your mates). This is a perfect way to compete against your mates, your work colleagues or anyone else you want to invite.

We’ve got some great prizes on offer — click here for all the details. And of course, there are a handful of terms and conditions you’ll need to be aware of — see here for more info.

Once you’re ready to get started, head over to this page, log in to CyclingTips (it’s free to create an account, or you can use Facebook) and start tipping!

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We hope you enjoy the 2013 Le Tour Tipping Competition as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together!

See here to read more about How it Works.

If you experience any problems, please send an email to [email protected]